- "That was quite a performance."
- ―Peggy Carter
Captain America's USO Shows were a series of live-entertainment performances made by Steve Rogers, assuming the identity of "Captain America", as a public symbol of the role of the United States of America during World War II.
Steve Rogers was chosen to embody the role of the United States as a propaganda figure during World War II due to his heroic victory over the HYDRA spy, Heinz Kruger, in the streets of New York City following his injection of the Super Soldier Serum. The event made the front page in many newspapers, and Senator Brandt realized he had potential as a public symbol to boost the morale of the nation, and promote the purchase of War Bonds.
Rogers joined the USO and began touring the nation in a colorful costume as "Captain America", accompanied by a chorus named the Star Spangled Singers, who also danced and playfully gushed in the presence of the Captain. The shows were fully orchestrated and at one point a band of marching drummers would also join the stage. The big finale featured confetti cannons and Cap lifting a motorcycle ridden by showgirls.
Rogers' shows included Rogers' speech about the role of the common citizen during the war, a dancing show by the Star Spangled Singers, feats showing Rogers' strength, a climatic moment when Captain America punched another actor portraying Adolf Hitler and the possibility of getting an autograph or a photo with Captain America.
Rogers' success during these shows led to promotional movies and comics about "Captain America"'s adventures during World War II, and even a radio series entitled The Captain America Adventure Program. However when Rogers took the tour to soldiers on the front lines, he was openly mocked and the soldiers demanded the dancing girls come back.
Star Spangled Man
- By the time Rogers joined World War II by rescuing a group of prisoners of war in Austria, he had knocked "Adolf Hitler" over 200 times, indicating that he has done over 200 shows.
- In his speeches, Captain Rogers would encourage the purchase of "Series E Defense Bonds". This is incorrect for the time period, as they were only called Defense Bonds until 1942. From 1942-1945, they were known as "Series E War Bonds".
Behind the Scenes
- The uniform that Steve Rogers wore during his performances is a copy of the first uniform he wore in the original comics, while the scene where he punches an actor portraying Adolf Hitler is based on the cover of the first issue of Captain America Comics.